Scripts & Musicals
The Big Ship Sails
The Big Ship Sails is an emotional play about the British child migration scheme of the 1940s and 1950s. Powerful as a performance, the play is an excellent resource for investigating real events of recent British history from the perspective of those involved. It also allows children the opportunity to include singing, mime and tableaux, and to perform in non-speaking roles.
If you are giving a public performance of this play you must purchase a performing rights licence, available below.
This play can be purchased as a download-only PDF version. You will need Adobe Acrobat or a similar PDF reader.
This version DOES NOT include performing rights.
This version includes a Full Cast/Character List, Production Notes with suggestions for props, costumes and staging, and Follow-On Activities for further work in the classroom.
Performing Rights Licence
Note: some versions do not include performing rights within the price. If you are giving a performance of this play, then you will need a performing rights licence for any version that does not explicitly include it. The licence allows you to give up to five public performances of this play and is valid for 6 months from the date of purchase. For longer performance runs, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.